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Hi ~ Welcome to SparkPeople. I find that interacting with other Sparks is really the best way to stay motivated and on-track. Taking advantage of the educational aspects of SP is also key to weight loss goal success. Come back to the message boards and read blogs to find people that you feel like you would like to "friend" These folks will help you attain your goals.
Know that through using SparkPeople to it's fullest potential will help you more successfully attain your goals. Come up with a BIG reward (like mine is a cruise) to help you stay focused and successful in maintaining your new healthy lifestyle. And look at this as a change in your lifestyle, not just another diet.
For any questions on SparkPeople that you have if you can't find them on the site yourself or through using the HELP section, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. They will answer your questions and help you out. Best of luck Ruthie
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Welcome! It's definitely a proven fact that hard time-based deadlines aren't the best for achieving your goals, and you've already figured out why. It's so awesome that you've figured out what's better. I've found that having a general goal is good, but I am focused on being healthy... not dieting, not hitting some arbitrary standard of weight. :) Skipping the diet mentality is the best way to do it, and you'll thank yourself later. :)
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Hello everybody! I know I've technically been here for 2 weeks (exactly!) but I've never thought to post on the message boards yet! So, here we go! I'm 26 years old and I live near the Portland, Oregon area. I recently got married (a little more than a month ago) and I had ATTEMPTED to lose weight before my wedding. However, this didn't work out for me because when I try to lose weight with a HARD deadline (like a wedding), the closer I get to my goal date without making the requisite progress, the most discouraged I get and I eventually gave up. The breaking point was when my seamstress told me I could either lose a few pounds in the 2 weeks before the wedding or she could let out the side seams (since my dress no longer fit). I considered her first suggestion, but eventually decided that I didn't need that stress so I went with the second one.
However, now that I am back I feel like I can actually pace myself in getting healthier, not just smaller. I don't have the pressure of a hard, unmoving date or a specific set of measurements I have to fit into. I feel like this is a much better time for me to be engaging in a new healthy lifestyle, since it will actually feel like serious life changes, rather than obsessing over diet and exercise to fit into a wedding dress in x number of days. :P
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